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Daily Archives: October 17, 2015

Guyana to ban styrofoam from January 1, 2016

Guyana is to ban the importation and use of closed-cell extruded polystyrene foam, popularly known by the trade mark brand, Styrofoam, as of January 1, 2016, the Ministry of the Presidency announced Saturday. Government said that was part of its thrust to promote a green economy and environment  The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, according to a statement, ...

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Gold smuggling dents economy hard; growth falls by 2.5 percent

Guyana’s economic growth slumped by 2.5 percent for the first half of 2015, partly due to political uncertainty and the decline in mining sector including the smuggling of at least 15,000 ounces of gold per week, according to the mid-year report. Required by law to be tabled in the National Assembly by the Finance Minister, the report states that Real ...

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Bush fire on the East Coast Demerara

A huge bush fire was Saturday raging at the Kersaint Park foreshore area, East Coast Demerara. Fire Chief, Marlon Gentle said the fire was not a threat to anyone and fire fighters have decided to allow part to burn itself out. The Guyana Fire Service received a report after 11 AM. He said the fire fighters hoped that the blaze ...

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Man shot during West Coast Berbice home invasion

A man was shot and his family robbed during a home invasion by bandits at Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice early Saturday morning. Investigators were told the bandits carted off an undisclosed quantity of cash and jewellery. Twenty-six years old Latchman Parmanand was shot to his left foot. Police said that at about 1:30 AM Saturday October 17, 2015, Umgrie ...

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Police force to get US$5M in vehicles, boats

Police stations countrywide will by next year be expected to respond to emergency calls on a timely basis and conduct periodic patrols. Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud announced on Saturday that the police force would be getting a large number of vehicles and boats to be funded from a US$5 million grant. ““We are likely to see a great boost in ...

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Fund for surviving children of police killed in line of duty

Surviving children of police, who have been killed in the line of duty, are to benefit from a fund that would be established shortly, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud announced Saturday. Addressing the Passing Out Parade of Recruits, he said a businessman would be spearheading the drive to raise money for the fund which would be supervised by a faith-based committee. ...

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Increasing ministers salaries was “difficult” but necessary decision- Granger

In government’s latest explanation, President David Granger has sought to justify the hefty hike in ministerial salaries mere four months after taking office on grounds that he needed to pay more to retain quality professsionals to manage Guyana properly. The Ministry of the Presidency quoted Granger as saying that that in order to attract the best qualified people to serve ...

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